Back to the Future props

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see how the gang at Hacksmith Industries use science and technology to create a real-working hoverboard modeled after the one seen in Back to the Future Part II. Plus, learn about a lost version of Uncle Buck, including a scene that didn’t make the theatrical cut. And finally, see how accurate movies like Air Force One and Angel Has Fallen are with scenes involving the secret service. Read More »

TRON Legacy DeepFake

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch the dated visual effects used to bring young Jeff Bridges to life in TRON Legacy given a makeover with DeepFake technology. Plus, take a look back at Joe Dante’s darker, Gremlins-esque take on Toy Story with a retrospective on Small Soldiers. And finally, listen to Glenn Close take a look back at some of her most memorable characters, from The Big Chill to the live-action 101 Dalmatians remake and beyond. Read More »

VFX Artists React

There are times when you look at visual effects in a movie and you just know that they don’t look good. However, it can be hard to specifically explain why certain visual effects don’t look good when you don’t know the many tools, terms and work that goes into creating them. That’s where Corridor Crew‘s recent series of videos comes into play.

In a series of videos, a group of VFX artists react to various shots with visual effects of varying quality. In their latest video, they laugh at the poorly created presidential plane from the ending of Air Force One, stare in awe of an incredibly composed mirror shot in Contact, laugh at a missing frame of visual effects in X-Men: Apocalypse, break down a Star Wars: The Force Awakens sequence, and explain plenty of details about all of these scenes and more. Check it out below. Read More »

movie presidents

President of the United States looks like the worst job imaginable. Sure, you get to help shape an entire country for generations to come and play a pivotal role on the world stage, but you’re mostly tip-toeing around nuclear war, fighting off alien invasions, covering up murders, and repelling terrorists when they invade the White House. You know, just another day as the leader of the free world.

With London Has Fallen offering another cinematic look at why being the President totally blows, it’s time to examine the decision-making prowess of the nation’s greatest (fictional) leaders. Which Presidents lived up to the office and which ones have faltered? Let’s get to the bottom of this. (Spoilers ahead, though not for London Has Fallen. That one you can watch unsullied.)

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